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vi [options ] [files ]

A screen-oriented text editor based on ex . See Chapter 8 and Chapter 9 for more information on vi and ex . Options -c , -C , -L , -r , -R , and -t are the same as in ex .


-c command

Enter vi and execute the given vi command .


Run in LISP mode for editing LISP programs.


List filenames that were saved due to an editor or system crash.

-r file

Recover and edit file after an editor or system crash.


Read-only mode. Files can't be changed.


Use with -t to indicate that the tag file may not be sorted and to use a linear search. Solaris only.

-t tag

Edit the file containing tag , and position the editor at its definition (see ctags for more information).

-w n

Set default window size to n ; useful when editing via a slow dial-up line.


Supply a key to encrypt or decrypt file using crypt . (Note that the supplied key is visible to other users via the ps command.)


Same as -x , but assume file began in encrypted form.


Start vi on last line of file.

+ n

Start vi on line n of file.

+/ pat

Start vi on line containing pattern pat . This option fails if nowrapscan is set in your .exrc file.

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